Journal article

What can urban mobility data reveal about the spatial distribution of infection in a single city?

Robert Moss, Elham Naghizade, Martin Tomko, Nicholas Geard

BMC Public Health | BioMed Central | Published : 2019


Background Infectious diseases spread through inherently spatial processes. Road and air traffic data have been used to model these processes at national and global scales. At metropolitan scales, however, mobility patterns are fundamentally different and less directly observable. Estimating the spatial distribution of infection has public health utility, but few studies have investigated this at an urban scale. In this study we address the question of whether the use of urban-scale mobility data can improve the prediction of spatial patterns of influenza infection. We compare the use of different sources of urban-scale mobility data, and investigate the impact of other factors relevant to m..

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Funding Acknowledgements

This work was supported by seed funding provided by the Melbourne Networked Society Institute ("Mapping Urban Mobility for Flu Forecasting") of the University of Melbourne. The funders had no role in study design, data collection and analysis, decision to publish, or preparation of the manuscript.